Cosy up with any good books lately?
- By: Teresa Pun
I participated in medical school interviews last year and quickly learnt how informative a question like “What do you read for fun?” can be. One candidate mentioned Vanity Fair and when asked his opinion of Becky Sharp, he blurted out a disbelieving “She's terrible!” The smile on my face was from ear to ear. Something about the protagonist had struck a chord with him, and when he spoke out against her, she seemed almost real. What I found particularly interesting was that she made him seem more real as well.
Novels and non-fiction can be found popping out of backpacks all along the aisle, and many of us are just as eager about reading our books as sharing them with our friends.
At the San Luigi Medical School in Italy, researchers found that medical students do read (68% of 34 students had read at least one book in the preceding